Sam Bennett won the fourteenth stage in the Vuelta a España on Saturday. The Irishman from BORA-Hansgrohe was the strongest after a flat ride of 188 kilometers and recorded his second victory in this Tour of Spain.
The sprint was marred by a massive crash in the last kilometer that involved, among other things, red jersey carrier Primoz Roglic. The Jumbo-Visma rider was in trouble, but was able to get back on his bicycle undamaged
Luka Mezgec, one of the favorites to win Saturday's stage in advance, was the biggest victim of the group of riders who crashed. The Slovenian was on the asphalt for a long time and had to leave the Vuelta by ambulance.
Fabio Jakobsen was not bothered by the crash, but at the same time was unable to threaten Bennett's victory. The Dutch sprinter surrendered in the last hundred meters and finished outside the top ten.
For the 28-year-old Bennett it is already his thirteenth victory of the season. Earlier this year he won two stages in Paris-Nice, three stages in the BinckBank Tour and one in the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the third stage of this Vuelta he was also the strongest.
The Argentinian Maximiliano Richeze was still somewhat close to Bennett and became second. Tosh Van Der Sande from Belgium completed the top three.
Nothing changed in the general classification. Roglic retains the red and red jersey and has a big lead of more than two minutes over Alejandro Valverde. The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar is third at three minutes from his compatriot Roglic.
On Sunday, the Vuelta continues with a spicy mountain drive about a hundred kilometers from Andorra la Vella to Cortals d'Encamp.
Primoz Roglic came unscathed from the massive crash. (Photo: Getty Images)
Classic course sprint stage
The fourteenth Vuelta stage went from San Vincente de la Barquera to Oviedo and had the classic course of a sprint stage.
After ten kilometers, a group of six (Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale), Luka Pibernik (Bahrain Merida), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto Soudal), Salvatore Puccio (Team INEOS), Diego Rubio (Burgos-BH) and Stéphane Rossetto ( Cofidis)) formed the flight of the day.
The peloton kept control and refused to give the leading group a big lead. Rosetto fell back halfway through the ride and ten kilometers before the finish Rubio also won. The other refugees were allowed to play, but were charged four kilometers before the finish.
In the run-up to the sprint, Bennett had already nestled at the front of the peloton and was therefore not bothered by the crash. He took the initiative in the final kilometer and sprinted to victory with force majeure.
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